A1 TEAM USA: Fourth in Sprint, Ninth in Feature Team tied for ninth place in Championship SENTUL, Indonesia--In the fifth round of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport held at Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia, A1 TEAM USA finished 4th in the...
A1 TEAM USA: Fourth in Sprint, Ninth in Feature
Team tied for ninth place in Championship
SENTUL, Indonesia--In the fifth round of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport held at Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia, A1 TEAM USA finished 4th in the Sprint race, but a series of unfortunate issues during a rain-affected, incident-filled Feature race resulted in a 9th place finish. Having finished both races in the top ten, however, A1 TEAM USA will walk away from Indonesia with five championship points. A1 TEAM USA is currently tied for ninth place in the overall championship run after five races.
In the Sprint race, driver Phil Giebler started 5th, moved to 3rd by the first corner, but was passed by Team Great Britain on the first lap. A1 TEAM USA was then challenged by Germany and Australia but fought the whole way, prevailing in the end to finish 4th.
For the second week in a row, the A1GP Feature race was plagued by rain. Giebler encountered significant wheelspin off the line and dropped to 9th but picked opposing cars off one by one, moving up to 4th towards the end of the race. Then, while circulating behind the safety car on lap 42, Giebler's throttle pedal stuck, pitching him into a spin at turn 11. Giebler got a push start, caught up with the pack, and finished in 10th place. Team USA then moved up to 9th place after A1 Team Netherlands was excluded from the results due to a regulation breach.
"I don't know, where do you start? It was another good opportunity to score quality points, and we walked away with just two," Giebler said. "It seemed like everyone was going off track, but we kept it clean all day, and moved up through the field. I had a really strong pace, but we were taken out again by a mechanical problem on the engine. The team made a good call on the tires, and we had two great pit stops."
A1 TEAM OWNER Rick Weidinger commented, "Well, we clearly expected to have better results in the Feature Race today. We are looking into the wheel spin incident and all we can do now is be happy with five points and move on to New Zealand." Weidinger added, "Currently A1 TEAM USA is tied for ninth in the Championship standings. We have seven races remaining and we are only 28 points out of first....just a couple of wins!"
A1 TEAM USA is tied for ninth with Switzerland and the Czech Republic with 20 championship points through five rounds of A1GP. Next, A1GP heads to its first ever race in New Zealand to be held in Taupo, January 19-21.
-credit: team usa